The addition of rental car services on Trip.com – which already offers plane tickets, train tickets and hotel booking services in a variety of languages – represents a key step in Ctrip’s ongoing efforts to provide enhanced travel services.
SHANGHAI – Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agent and the second largest in the world, announced that its international car rental service will now be available on Trip.com, Ctrip Group’s new international one-stop travel booking service.
Beginning this month, international customers are able to use Trip.com’s “Car Hire” services to book rental cars in more than 6,000 cities across the globe. Customers have access to more than 130,000 rental outlets and over 7 million car resources to select from. The service is currently available to all desktop Trip.com users in English, with additional languages and a mobile version of the service to be launched soon.
The addition of rental car services on Trip.com – which already offers plane tickets, train tickets and hotel booking services in a variety of languages – represents a key step in Ctrip’s ongoing efforts to provide enhanced travel services. In order to provide the new car rental services, Ctrip went through vigorous and intensive screening, assessment and contracting of car rental suppliers in order to be able to entrust high quality services.
“The ability for travelers all over the world to seamlessly access car rentals as part of their travel itinerary on Trip.com is a crucial step in building out our global platform,” said Yuchen Wang, Ctrip Group Rental Car CEO. “As a key connection between airports and hotels, car rental services are an important and growing part of both commercial and individually organized travel. In particular, we are seeing more and more Chinese travelers choosing to rent cars on their trips. With our cost-efficient and integrated car rental services, Trip.com is well positioned to become a top choice for booking end-to-end international travel itineraries.”
Ctrip Group is continuously upgrading services to cater to the needs of today’s travelers. The needs of travelers have changed along with the increased number of international travelers. More and more travelers are looking for unique experiences and through the car rental services, Ctrip Group enables travelers to visit locations which previously were difficult to access. Further, as more Chinese consumers become accustomed to self-organized, independent travel, the car rental market will continue to enjoy immense opportunities for growth. A study conducted by Ctrip last year found that the number of Chinese car travelers has skyrocketed, with a year-on-year increase of 300% among those travelling abroad.
Angelos is the news editor for TravelDailyNews Media Network (traveldailynews.gr, traveldailynews.com and traveldailynews.asia). His role includes to monitor the hundrends of news sources of TravelDailyNews Media Network and skim the most important according to our strategy. He currently studies Communication, Media & Culture in Panteion University of Political & Social Studies of Athens.